Balanced posture is the foundation of a true, repeating putting stroke
Over the last ten years or so I have dedicated my
life to the study of biomechanics in a wide range of
sporting disciplines. And perhaps the single most
significant discovery in that time is the role of good
balance in terms of optimising performance. As a
result – and in collaboration with teaching professional
Stewart Craig – I developed the ProStance,
one of the most effective and yet simple game
improvement tools on the market.
The ProStance gets to the heart of two fundamentals
issues: static and dynamic balance. In
other words, it helps you to fine-tune your balance
as you get into a good posture at the set-up, and
then maintain that balance throughout the motion
of the stroke. That is one of the keys to consistency.
And while the demonstration I am giving here
relates to putting, the ProStance is equally valuable
in terms of isolating and working on your balance in
the long game, both at the set-up and in the swing.
In mechanical terms, the ProStance helps you
determine how to flex your knees and ‘fix’ your
posture so you are able to keep the core of your
body perfectly still during the stroke. The more you
inflate the tube, the harder it is to achieve and then
maintain good balance – and that’s the key to the
exercise. As you put it under pressure, your body
instinctively adapts to the threat of being out of balance,
and you will flex your knees and stick out
your rear end to settle and counter your weight.
Weight is split
the feet, the
legs braced. Head and body
perfectly still. Putter returned
squarely to the
Equal pressure is
distributed on the
fore foot and heels
of both feet. Stable lower body
makes for a
repeating stroke. Balance maintained
right up to the finish – hold it as you
track the ball.
Start with the tube deflated, and stand on it
wearing your golf shoes. Then inflate the tube to
allow your body to find its own balance. If your toes
or heels come up (see insets left), you will know
your balance needs adjustment. Your mind will start
fine-tuning your physical movements. (You are
training without even realising it!).
As you become more proficient, the idea is that
you further inflate the tube to give yourself more of
a test. Ultimately, the aim is to be able to maintain
your balance with the tube fully inflated. Your toes
and heels will be in the air, your balance maintained
with the strength of your body (your weight in line
with your body’s centre of gravity).
Finally, step off the ProStance and hit some
putts with your feet on the ground. You will then
feel just how your feet should react with the ground
and appreciate the foundation of a truly balanced
base upon which you run a smooth putting stroke.
“Rocking backwards applies toomuch pressure to the heels (left),while tipping
the posture forward places excessive pressure on the balls of the feet.When I teach
putting I want the weight to be evenly distributed through your arches and I
want you to feel your toes and heels in contact with the ground. Equal pressure
on the heels an the balls confirms perfect balance”
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